THE salary increase for government workers will not be affected by a possible delay in the approval of the 2019 proposed national budget.
This was assured by Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. as he described as “fake news” the reports that salary adjustments for next year will be affected by the delayed budget approval.
“The fate of the 2019 national budget will have no impact on the scheduled round of pay hikes next year for government personnel, civilian and military,” Andaya said.
Andaya said it will go on as programmed, even in the event of a slight delay in the signing into law of the 2019 budget.
He said the increase will be included in the first paycheck of the year which will be released on January 15.
“Fake news ang chismis na nakasalalay sa budget ang naka-programang pagtaas ng suweldo ng mga kawani ng gobyerno sa susunod na taon,” he added.
The House leader stressed that authorization for the salary hike for civilian government employees and military personnel are governed by two separate laws.
Thus, Andaya said, their implementation is decoupled from the passage of the GAA.
A total of P121.7 billion is earmarked for the salary adjustments in 2019.
Of this, about P51.7 billion is earmarked for the fourth and final tranche of the Salary Standardization Law IV which covers civilian employees.
For uniformed personnel, it will be P70 billion for the second installment of the law raising the base pay of soldiers, policemen, jail and fire officers, and coast guard members.
The legal basis of the four-stage Salary Standardization IV is Executive Order 201 signed by President Aquino in February 2016.
The pay hike prior to that, SSL III, ran from 2009 to 2012, through E.O. 811 of President Arroyo and House-Senate Joint Resolution No. 4.
On the other hand, the law adjusting the salary of uniformed personnel in the Department of National Defense (DND), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG); Department of Transportation (DOTR) and Department of Environment of Natutal Resources (DENR) is Joint Resolution No. 1 of Congress which was signed by President Duterte in January this year.
At P1.185 trillion, the personnel services budget, which covers base pay, allowances, premium contributions of government workers, and pension for military and police retirees, accounts for 32 percent of the P3.757 trillion 2019 national budget.